We all want to enjoy the Christmas period, spend time with family, and take in the festive atmosphere without having to worry about studying. Unfortunately, this often isn’t doable. January plays host to mock exam season, which is inarguably the least popular exam period (even more so than the summer exams!) because they seemingly count for nothing. At least in the summer you get a nice qualification and a pretty certificate for all your hard work, but January mocks serve seemingly no purpose. However, it’s actually really important to study and use this time wisely, so you can plan your summer exam revision accordingly.
Firstly, take Christmas Eve – Boxing Day off to refresh and revive yourself. Enjoy time with friends and family, indulge in some good food, and just give yourself a break. Even if you want to study then, the quality of it won’t be as great if you know everyone around you is enjoying the festive season, and you’re staring at a boring, old textbook. If you don’t celebrate Christmas for religious reasons, then still be sure to take a short period of time off to just enjoy time with family, dedicate more time to your hobbies, and make plans with friends.
Remember that mock exams do serve a purpose. They highlight what areas you need to improve on, and help you do so months before the final exams. Begin the Christmas season by trying to make a list of all the areas for each subject you have studied (most GCSE and A Level courses can provide you with this) and colour-code which areas you need the most practice with. Dedicate your Christmas studying to these trickier areas instead of covering ground you’re confident on over and over again. These exams aren’t the be all and end all, and so try to tackle your weaknesses first, then perfect the other areas in time for the real deal.
Remember, this period is designed to give students a chance to recuperate and relax as well as study, and so make sure to balance your time wisely, and enjoy the festive season as well as working towards smashing those mock exams!